21 Really Cool Things to do This December in L.A. (2018)

Bradbury Top Floor View
Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles? We looked ahead on our calendar to focus in on some of the best events happening in December around Los Angeles that you should probably have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait till the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.

December 2018 event highlights includes Grand Park’s Winter Glow, the Echo Park Community Parade, a Christmas Concert at The Bradbury, a festival of lights hike, the L.A. County Holiday Celebration, and much more!


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1. Grand Park’s Winter Glow (December 1-25)

Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a free immersive art experience covering 12 acres of Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. The art, projection and light displays will illuminate paths and play off of the park’s most iconic elements, including the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain. The holiday-inspired event will run nightly from December 1 to 25. -> More information

2. Canon Portals: A Photo Experience from Canon (through December 16)

Step into a world of limitless creativity and unlock new realms of photography inside Canon Portals, a free experience at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Guests will discover new tools and techniques designed to unleash creativity through reality-distorting perspective, moody neons, and explosive color. The more than two-week long series of events features photo-walks, workshops, and on-site camera experts. Attendees at Portals will also have  a chance to win gear from Canon and Away. -> More information

3. Enchanted: Forest of Light (through Jan. 7)

Enchanted: Forest of Light offers guests a colorful one-mile path walk through 10 distinct light displays at unique points within Descanso Garden including a Symphony of Oaks, a Luminous Lawn, and a Starlight Garden. The experience runs through January 7. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

4. Unique LA Holiday Shop & Market at California Market Center (Dec. 1-2)

Enjoy a market with over 300 independent vendors on the rooftop of the California Market Center alongside free drinks, music, a photo booth, gift wrapping stations, and much more. -> More information

5. 7th Annual Devan Shah Tea Festival in Pasadena (Dec. 1-2)

The Devan Shah Tea Festival comes to Rose Bowl Stadium December 1-2 for one of the nation’s largest tea festivals uniting tea enthusiasts and experts for tea-talk and tea tasting.. -> More information

6. Hanukkah Festival at Skirball (December 2)

Celebrate Hanukkah with a plethora of activities and offerings at Skirball including music, dancing sessions, workshops, lantern displays and much more. -> More information

7. Los Angeles Times 101 Restaurants We Love (December 3)

LA Times 101 Best Restaurants We Love will take place at The MacArthur. The guide with the same name will be published that day and the party will feature some of L.A.’s best dishes featured in the massive guide. -> More information

8. 29rooms at The Reef (December 5-9)

Join Refinery29 in an immersive installation entitled “Expand Your Reality.” The event will feature 29 different interactive spaces created by artists both local and international. Most of these experiences are created with the intent of connecting with the fellow strangers around you. -> More information

9. Echo Park Craft Fair (December 7-9)

The Echo Park Craft Fair returns to Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake on December 7-9 with over 120 curated artist, makers and food vendors. -> More information

10. Echo Park Community Parade (December 8)

Take part in a massive celebration of the holidays and all Echo Park has to offer with the annual Christmas parade, inclduing live music at the main stage. -> More information

11. Smorgasburg Holiday Popup on the Santa Monica Pier (December 8)

Smorgasburg takes over the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday December 8 for a holiday popup as part of the Santa Monica Pier’s Wonderland by the Water series. -> More information

12. Griffith Park Festival of Lights Hike 2018 (December 8)

Participate in a hike through Griffith Park on December 8 with a collection of others with holiday lights to create a glistening display of night wanderers! The event will see participants starting at the Merry Go Round Lot 2 and finishing at Dante’s Peak, with a brief stop at The Helipad at Griffith Park. -> More information

13. Tikim Filipino Food Fun Run (December 15)

Partake in a 5K that has a different Filipino tasting station at each mile, with a grand food festival placed at the end celebrating Filipino dishes. -> More information

14. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Magnolia House (December 15)

Grab your favorite ugly sweater and head down to Magnolia for a night of holiday drink specials, photo booth pictures, dancing to live DJ sets and more. -> More information

15. Christmas Concert at The Bradbury (December 16)

Christmas at the Bradbury Building is back for 2018 featuring KITKA, a women’s vocal ensemble that will take advantage of the acoustics of The Bradbury’s majestic five-story atrium to perform seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European and Eurasian traditions. -> More information

16. Holiday Sing-Along at the L.A. Phil (December 22)

Sing along with a collection of classical and modern holiday classic tunes, with vocals by the Angeles Chorale, and a live jazz combo. -> More information

17. L.A. County Holiday Celebration (December 24)

Take part in the official holiday celebration for Los Angeles County, featuring a plethora of music and dance in this entertainment extravaganza. -> More information

18. Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration at The L.A. Zoo (December 31)

Looking for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration? The L.A. Zoo is hosting a fun holiday event for friends, families and kids. -> More information

19. Marina Del Rey’s New Year’s Eve Celebration (December 31)

Ring in the new year at Marina Del Rey’s Burton Chace Park with a free glow in the dark party featuring face painting, DJs, and fireworks show at midnight. -> More information

20. Queen Mary NYE 2018 (December 31)

Celebrate the New Year by boarding The Queen Mary and enjoying DJ sets, multiple themed parties throughout the boat’s ballrooms, a fireworks show and more. -> More information

21. Grand Park New Years Eve Celebration (December 31)

Take part in Los Angeles’ flagship NYE celebration with music across two stages in Grand Park, food trucks, photo booths, a light installation and more. -> More information

Be sure to check the We Like L.A. Events Calendar for updates on fun things happening around the city throughout December. You can also sign up for our daily/weekly newsletter if you want events sent straight to your inbox. 


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